Review of plant, animal and biological import conditions

This work program is part of strengthening biosecurity surveillance and analysis under the Agricultural Competitiveness White Paper.

We are conducting an operational review of plant, animal and biological import conditions to protect Australia’s biosecurity status and maintain our market access for agricultural products.

The review will:

  • ensure import conditions easy to find and understand in the Biosecurity Import Conditions system (BICON)
  • ensure import conditions are based on current information and risk management approaches while being a minimum burden
  • allow us to identify treatments to manage biosecurity risks such as pests, disease and contaminants.

This work will continue until mid 2019.

The amount of change to import conditions will vary between commodities. Some will have minimal or no change, and some may have significant changes.

In some cases, we may ask industry to help us conduct the reviews and plan for implementation. This ensures we make sound decisions about Australia’s import conditions. It also helps us know everyone understands and is prepared for any required changes.

Register for updates

If you are an importer, subscribe to our Import Industry Advice Notices to stay informed about the progress of these reviews.

Register as a BICON user to access and follow import conditions for specific commodities. Use the follow case function to receive an email when something changes. Learn how to use BICON through our introductory eLearning module.

Import condition reviews

These lists will be updated quarterly.

Animal and biological import conditions

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Completed reviews

  1. Alcoholic beverages
  2. Alpacas and llamas
  3. Antibodies
  4. Antigens
  5. Aquaculture – pet fish food
  6. Baits and lures – aquatic use
  7. Bees and bee semen
  8. Bee products
  9. Casings
  10. Cats and dogs
  11. Cnidarians, echinoderms, tunicates
  12. Cosmetics
  13. Cremated animal remains, animal derived charcoal
  14. Dairy –9 Packages
  15. Egg products
  16. Feathers/wool and related articles
  17. Finfish - salmon
  18. Frogs legs
  19. Gelatine
  20. Goods for transhipment
  21. Human bodies and remains
  22. Kopi Luwak
  23. Live animals –prohibited
  24. Live animals – horses, donkeys and mules
  25. Live pigeons
  26. Live Rabbits
  27. Live rock
  28. Meat based flavours, fats and tallows
  29. Medical kits containing anticoagulants
  30. Microorganisms
  31. Palolo worms
  32. Pet Food
  33. Retorted animal based goods for human consumption
  34. Returning Australian Products
  35. Rock lobster
  36. Seafood (excluding finfish and prawns)
  37. Seafood (finfish excluding salmon)
  38. Shells and related articles
  39. Snails (covered within the Seafood)
  40. Soil and Water
  41. Specimens – preserved and fixed  - animal (including microscope slides)
  42. Stockfeed
  43. Synthetic material
  44. Uncanned or unretorted meat-avian/chicken, foie gras
  45. Used and empty cryogenic shippers
  46. Zoo animals

Active reviews

  1. Animal Fluids and tissues (excluding reproductive material, including faeces)
  2. Baits and lures – non-aquatic use
  3. Bioremedial products
  4. Cell lines
  5. Culture media
  6. Diagnostic kits
  7. Embryos and semen – cattle
  8. Embryos and semen – deer, goat, sheep
  9. Enzymes
  10. Equine semen
  11. Fertile eggs
  12. Fertilisers
  13. Freshwater fish – aquarium and marine fish
  14. Genetic material
  15. Human fluids and tissues
  16. Human therapeutics and medicines (includes microalgae)
  17. Hides and skins
  18. Laboratory animals
  19. Laboratory materials -  animal reproductive material
  20. Meals ready to eat
  21. Prawns
  22. Rat and mice – embryos, semen, ova
  23. Uncanned or unretorted meat 0 NZ
  24. Uncanned or unretorted meat – (includes jerky)
  25. Uncanned or unretorted meat – other
  26. Uncanned or unretorted meat – porcine/pig meat
  27. Veterinary therapeutics

Future reviews

  1. Lab material (including lab reagents)
  2. Pet birds
  3. Live sheep and goats

Plant import condition reviews

Completed reviews

Active reviews

Further assistance

For more information about animal or biological commodity reviews email the Animal and Biological Import Conditions Review Project

For more information about plant commodity reviews email the Plant Import Conditions Review Project